Last week, comedian and life-imitates-art actor Chris D’Elia was accused by multiple women of creeping on them when they were underage. Chris fired back, saying that he has never been predatory with an underage girl, and that all his sexual encounters were consensual. But it didn’t matter how strong Chris’ denial was, he was dropped by his agent at CAA and his manager, and his longtime friend Whitney Cummings publicly distanced herself from him.
Chris clearly doesn’t want to lose any sweet future road gigs or Netflix comedy specials, so he’s doing what he can to clear his name. And so far, his plan involves releasing emails and messages with the girls he was creeping on, to prove that he was only creeping on the ones who were of age.
A rep for Chris submitted the messages to Page Six, in an attempt to imply that the women who accused Chris of illegal behavior are liars. Specifically, three of his accusers. Chris’ people released an email between him and a woman named Clara, who last week claimed that he tried to get with her when she was 17. According to the email, Chris asked Clara midway through their conversation how old she was, to which she replied that she was “12.” When pressed by Chris to, “Answerrrrrr,” she replied, “24?”
Another woman named Colleen posted screenshots of an alleged exchange from 2014 between herself and Chris, in which she says she informed him that she was 16 after he allegedly asked her to “make out.” Chris’ people released what they claim was Chris’ response to that, in which he allegedly told her that he thought she was 18 (due to him thinking he saw her at his 18+ comedy show). Chris allegedly ended the conversation there.
The first woman to accuse Chris last week, Simone Rossi, claimed that Chris started grooming her at 16, like asking her to send nudes to him. An email was released by Chris’ people that allegedly shows Simone messaged Chris four years later, telling him she was 21 and “down to fuck.” Chris’ reps say he didn’t respond to her.
As for why they decided to release Chris’ message history, his rep says it’s to provide an alternate side to the “attack” on Chris:
“It is important that the public has all the information to make an informed decision on the coordinated attacks on Chris D’Elia. These messages help prove that all of Chris’s relationships were both legal and consensual.”
I know Chris’ team thought they were doing something by providing receipts to Page Six, but they might have also made his case messier. In the alleged email exchange with Clara above, Chris’ reps point out that Chris asked for nudes before he asked for her age, and that he kept talking to her, even after he couldn’t get a serious answer about her age. So really, all those emails prove, if anything, is that Chris was about as good at verifying ages as he is at keeping an agent.
Not to mention that his rep probably should have chosen some of their “proof” better. Like stressing that Chris never responded to Simone after she told him she was 21. But 21 is totally legal, and that fan allegedly made it clear it would be consensual. Really, all his rep did there was set Chris up for a whole bunch of jokes about how it’s pretty obvious why he didn’t message back a 21-year-old.